Woman searching for cats finds burglar hiding under bed

Christian Vatovec arrested after Palm Springs woman touches suspect


PALM SPRINGS, Fla. – A South Florida woman searching for her two cats reached her hand under her bed and touched a hiding burglar instead, police said.

The 61-year-old Palm Springs woman called 911 after "she felt she had touched human skin," according to a police report. "The suspect was hiding under her bed."

That suspect, later identified as Christian Vatovec, 25, of Lake Worth, ran out of the house through the back door and jumped a fence, but police later found him near a canal in the neighborhood, the report said.

The woman positively identified Vatovec as the man who was hiding under her bed.

Police said a gold ankle bracelet and digital camera were stolen.

Vatovec faces charges of burglary to an occupied dwelling, grand theft and resisting arrest without violence.

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